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U.S. lineup for World Cup match vs. Ghana

Bob Bradley's selections for the U.S. round-of-16 match against Ghana (2:30 p.m. ET; ABC, Univision, ESPN Deportes):

Goalkeeper: Tim Howard.

Defenders: Steve Cherundolo, Jay DeMerit, Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein.

Midfielders: Landon Donovan, Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey.

Forwards: Robbie Findley, Jozy Altidore.

By Steve Goff  |  June 26, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , U.S. men's national team  | Tags: American soccer, U.S. vs. Ghana, World Cup  
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Comments

Spector?
Clark?
Findley?
Sigh....

Posted by: marksman37 | June 26, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Altidore's going to have a battle on his hands. Disappointed Findley is getting the nod.

Very surprised at Spector's inclusion.

And I still think Holden needs to see the pitch!!

Posted by: delantero | June 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Clark, Findley, Buddle. We're gonna lose 3-1. Only chance to win is to hold it to PK's.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | June 26, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

It's Bornstein, not Spector. I jumped the gun.

Posted by: Steve Goff | June 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Where's the strength in the defense? We're playing one of the physically strongest teams in the World Cup!

Posted by: educatedguest | June 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Spector? Buddle? What are you all talking about?

Posted by: benonthehill | June 26, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Where are you seeing Spector on Goff's list? He's not there. I would have prefered Edu over Clark, but this line-up can win this game.

Posted by: soccerman | June 26, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Ricardo Clark???

Posted by: diego_r | June 26, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Eventually we're all just gonna have to accept that Bradley knows the team and the match-up better than us. Not to say he necessarily got it right, since I'd certainly prefer Edu, but you have to give the benefit of the doubt at this point (at least until 4:30).

Posted by: jaycane40oz | June 26, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Clark means we will be chasing the Ghanians. YIKES.

Bornstein... he's Jonathon Bornstein.

Findley showed he has no power against a compact defense; he can't run into space if space doesn't exist, and his dribbling skills are awful.

Bob's going to have to sub himself out of this mess, and duct tape B-boy's hands behind his back.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | June 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any Spector and Buddle...??? I like the starting 11 a lot....Ghana is very stout and physical in central midfield....so Clark makes sense and Findley's speed will be paramount...only 30 minutes to go...

The negativity of soem folks gets real old after ahwile...

GO,GO USA All The Way!

Posted by: Shark21 | June 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Spector? Now, I just see Bornstein.

Posted by: delantero | June 26, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

okay -- I'll follow Shark21 and eschew negativity towards after the game. It's funny, with the way the text-wrap works on the Post website I'm looking at it says Clint ... and for a split-second I thought ... Clint Mathis as the super-sub!

It's fitting, in some ways, as this tournament quite resembles 2002

Posted by: diego_r | June 26, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I figured Gooch was out last game so he would be able to play in this one. What gives?

Posted by: CMillrod | June 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

My finger nails are down to nubs. I'm about to start on the nacho chips.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 26, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

What would make anyone think we'd lose this 3-1. Ghana has ONLY scored twice, on PK's and they tied Australia with the Aussies playing a man down from the 24th minute on.

Off their rocker is more like it.

Posted by: delantero | June 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Disappointed about Clark & Findley. Definitely would have like to see Edu and Buddle. oh well, this is our team, let's get it done guys.

Posted by: ACS_BKLYN | June 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

findley...why couldn't it be a 2 game suspension. He did nothing the games he was in and gets to start again. Bornstein...another questionable starter. I guess we are hoping to go into penalty kicks.

Posted by: Mig18 | June 26, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't see any Spector and Buddle...???

Posted by: Shark21 | June 26, 2010 1:31 PM

I meant Findley *over* Buddle. Buddle had been knocking the ball in the net pretty regularly for LAG. Now he's whiling away on the bench over non-scorers Altidore and Findley.

Thx,

Jay!

Posted by: jayrockers | June 26, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Let's go USA!

Posted by: DadRyan | June 26, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The decision by U.S. team coach Bob Bradley to start Ricardo Clark against Ghana was a poor one because Clark never has had the offensive skills like Torres or an Edu. Overall Clark has had some good moments in the world cup which was nothing special. However, Clark's bad moments ended up being huge team problems which is all due to his lack of vision on the offensive end of the field. Now, Coach Clark being a conservative coach didn't help him either because he felt comfortable with Clark even though he can't perform like Torres or Edu. So, he went with a questionable starter like Clark. The decision ended up being a disaster in the game against Ghana when Clark coughed up a ball like a rookie player that led to Ghana's first goal. Coach Bradley's conservative strategy to get a feel how the game was developing against Ghana ended up being a receipe for failure.

Posted by: terhunetct | June 26, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

The decision by U.S. team coach Bob Bradley to start Ricardo Clark against Ghana was a poor one because Clark never has had the offensive skills like Torres or an Edu. Overall Clark has had some good moments in the world cup which was nothing special. However, Clark's bad moments ended up being huge team problems which is all due to his lack of vision on the offensive end of the field. Now, Coach Clark being a conservative coach didn't help him either because he felt comfortable with Clark even though he can't perform like Torres or Edu. So, he went with a questionable starter like Clark. The decision ended up being a disaster in the game against Ghana when Clark coughed up a ball like a rookie player that led to Ghana's first goal. Coach Bradley's conservative strategy to get a feel how the game was developing against Ghana ended up being a receipe for failure.

Posted by: terhunetct | June 26, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

I did not agree with Clark or Findley as starters. Don't forget Clark was marking Garard, or should have been, when he scored against USA for England early on. In retrospect, it is hard to imagine Gooch giving up that second goal even at 80% of capacity. Although I disagreed with starting Bornstein when he was first inserted, he actually got stronger and stronger and played well overall. As for Altidore, re-watch the Algeria game; he was terrific. When he learns to raise it a notch to do that against the stronger teams, USA will be able to play with anyone. Holden played tignt his only time out, but he has great talent and should have been given another try in my opinion, not ahead of Feldhaber but ahead of Clark.

Posted by: DAnderson5 | June 27, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

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